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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I choose the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy over a more traditional Masters programme?

This Executive Masters programme at the LSE has been designed to enable busy professionals and high-flyers to continue in their positions without the need to take a career break. Participants will be coached to challenge conventional thinking, especially on threats that could arise from outside their area of expertise and what is needed to make strategies effective in the 21st century.

Who should apply to the MSc programme?

The programme is designed for senior and mid-level diplomats, civil servants, military officials, international NGO employees as well as executives from international firms and corporations (finance, consultancy, manufacturing, technology). Candidates should have at least 4 years professional experience.

What is the Application Deadline?

None. Candidates are considered on a rolling admissions basis, as early as November for the following September intake. However, we recommend applying asearly as possible as competition is intense.

What are the Application criteria?

The formal criteria for admission is a good first degree, two references (academic or professional), and several years' working experience (ideally 4-10 years). Applicants must also provided a personal statement of 1-2 pages, setting out their interest in the course.

How do I check the status of my application?

For information relating to applications, and access to the on-line application viewer which will give you full details on the status of your application and any outstanding documents, please visit the Graduate Admissions website

How do I contact the Graduate Admissions Office?

The admissions enquiries system is the quickest way to receive answers to any questions you may have. 

Alternatively, you can call the Graduate Admissions Office directly on (+44) 020 7955 7160.             

International applicants

What are the language requirements?

An English level of 107 (TOEFL) or 7.0 (IELTS) minimum for those whose previous degree(s) were not taught in English (please see further details on English requirements on the LSE website).

Will I need a visa to study on this programme? 

If you are from the EEA (European Economic Area), Norway or Switzerland you do not need a visa to study in the UK. Non-EEA students will normally need to obtain a Tier 4 Student visa in order to register on the programme.

As this is a full time programme you should not intend to study this programme using visitor visa routes and you may be unable to register without the correct immigration permission.

Please visit the International Student Immigration Service's page with visa information specifically for students on our executive programmes.

Fees and scholarships

What are the fees?

2018-2019: £29,200 See here for Executive programmes fees.

In order to secure your place on the course, you will be required to pay a pre-registration fee of 10% within 30 days of acceptance of your place.

For sponsored students, the remainder of the fees should be paid in one lump sum at the time of registration. For privately funded individuals you may pay in 3 instalments due October, January, and April.

If you have any query about Fees and Loans, please contact financedivision.execfees@lse.ac.uk

Scholarships and Funding

There are no internal LSE scholarships for this programme at present.

However, the following organisation offers scholarships. Please contact them for further information.

British Chevening Scholarships

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

If you are UK, US, or Canadian citizen, please see see here for information about higher education loans.     

Find out more about tuition fee loans

Find out more about external funding opportunities


Will the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy use Distance Learning?

All sessions will take place at LSE. Unfortunately, it is not possible to complete the programme remotely. Attendance at seminars and lectures, including the Wednesday evenings, is compulsory and no distance learning/online option is available.

When does the MSc programme begin?

Seminars begin in September 2018 at the London School of Economics. You can see the full programme calendar here.

What is the class size?

Approximately 30 places are granted.

What kind of teaching methods will be used?

The course is taught using a combination of lectures, interactive seminars and workshops, where participants will engage directly with a combination of senior academic and practitioners. For more information see our Curriculum Page.

Is the course available on a part-time basis?

The Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy is a full-time programme and is not available on a part time basis. However, the unique teaching calendar has been designed to allow working professionals to attend all sessions. Here you can find more information about the teaching calendar of our executive programme.             


Do I have to write a final dissertation?

As an integral part of this course, you have the opportunity to undertake a substantial project on a topic of your choosing, under the guidance of senior academics on the programme. This is your chance to hone your strategic and risk assessment skills whilst addressing a critical contemporary issue, and adding value to your organisation.

How is the course assessed?

There are four compulsory courses:

After the programme

How can the programme help benefit my career?

Whether you seek to move up within your current affiliation, change organisation within the same field, set up your own enterprise, or change your career entirely into a new sector, the executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy will help you transform your career. 

Not only will the course give you the skills and knowledge to help benefit your career, it will give you access to a wide range of services and opportunities to your help you prepare for your future career challenges.

See our Your Career page for further information on how the programme can benefit your career and support provided.

What opportunities are available for the programme Alumni? 

Once you have graduated from our/this programme, not only will you become part of the Schools general international Alumni community, which comprises more than 136,000 people drawn from almost 200 countries, you will also become part of the IDEAS Alumni Network programme.

The increasingly active IDEAS Alumni Network programme will give you with access to bespoke events and provide you with excellent networking opportunities.



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